Dear Linear Time by Bruce Bauman
To celebrate SLICE’s Issue 24: Time, we’re featuring an excerpt of a work in progress by acclaimed author Bruce Bauman: “Dear Linear Time.”
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“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Dear Linear Time,
In another era I would’ve addressed you as God, but your silence throughout the history of humanity renders me incapable of making Kierkegaard’s “leap of faith” and has made you, God, at best, irrelevant, and most certainly nonexistent in the form of Yahweh, Jesus, or Allah. So I address you as Linear Time—my adversary in this process called life. Time may bend in Einstein’s universe, but I’m too dim to see that concept, and in my universe it is I who refuse to kneel down in the pew of time’s altar.
An Interview with Bruce Bauman, by Neni Demetriou
Bruce Bauman’s second novel, Broken Sleep (Other Press, 2015), is one where rock music, politics, art, religion, and love all come crashing together in epic proportions. But more than that, it’s a book about family. Broken Sleep is what happens when a writer bridges the magic between their pen and their mind. It’s innovative, it’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful, it’s emotional—it opens with a bang, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Which is why I was thrilled to talk to Bruce about it, where I was able to find out about his writing process, what he loved most about this book, and the relationships writers have with their characters. I also got some pretty cool pieces of advice.